three Democratic state lawmakers who ran Texas The director of the Texas House’s Democratic caucus said Saturday that a Republican-backed effort to impose sweeping new voting restrictions has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to caucus director Philip Martin, one legislator tested positive on Friday and the other two did so on Saturday. All three were fully vaccinated against the disease, according to Martin, who declined to release their names or conditions in order to “respect members’ privacy and their personal health”.
More than 50 Texas lawmakers arrived in Washington on Monday after leaving their home state on a private charter plane. they got criticized Republican And others came after a photo showed them on the plane without a mask, though federal pandemic guidelines do not require the wearing of masks on private planes.
Martin said it was not known where and when all three got infected.
“We don’t know. Everyone had to be fully vaccinated to be on the plane,” according to Martin.
“This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and although vaccination provides tremendous protection, we must still take the necessary precautions,” caucus president Rep. Chris Turner said in a statement. Texas experts for additional guidance.
Democrats left the state to deny the Republican-controlled legislature the quorum needed to pass a bill that would impose new restrictions on voting in Texas.
Caucus members call on Vice President Kamala Harris But Martin said it was not immediately known whether all three who contracted COVID-19 had done so.
“Our team is going through the list (of people who attended the meeting) and trying to determine who it really was,” Martin said.
Harris’ office said it would issue a statement later on Saturday.
Members of the group also met with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer The Senate majority leader, but none of the three infected, attended that meeting and Schumer’s office was notified of the positive tests, according to Martin.
Turner said the White House has also been informed.
Texas House Speaker Dade McPhallan, a Republican, issued a statement saying he and his wife were praying for the health and safety of ailing lawmakers.
Phelan wrote, “My staff has contacted Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt and his epidemiological team for any additional guidance on protocols for people who are vaccinated with COVID-19 after being vaccinated. Came in contact with 19.”
Miller contributed to this Oklahoma City report.